Separated By A Common Language

It’s Saturday!

The following telephone exchange, between a hotel guest and Room
Service at a hotel in Asia, was recorded and published in the Far
East Economic Review.

To get the full effect, this message should be read out loud. You will
understand what ‘tenjewberrymuds’ means by the end of the
conversation.

Room Service (RS): ‘Morrin. Roon sirbees.’

Guest (G): ‘Sorry, I thought I dialed room-service.’

RS: ‘Rye..Roon sirbees..morrin! Jewish to oddor sunteen??’

G: ‘Uh..yes..I’d like some bacon and eggs.’

RS: ‘Ow July den?’

G: ‘What??’

RS: ‘Ow July den?…pryed, boyud, poochd?’

G: ‘Oh, the eggs! How do I like them? Sorry, scrambled please.’

RS: ‘Ow July dee baykem? Crease?’

G: ‘Crisp will be fine.’

RS: ‘Hokay. An Sahn toes?’

G: ‘What?’

RS: ‘An toes. July Sahn toes?’

G: ‘I don’t think so.’

RS: ‘No? Judo wan sahn toes??’

G: ‘I feel really bad about this, but I don’t know what ‘judo wan
sahn toes’ means.’

RS: ‘Toes! toes!…Why jew don juan toes? Ow bow Anglish
moppin we bodder?’

G: ‘English muffin!! I’ve got it! You were saying ‘Toast.’ Fine.
Yes, an English muffin will be fine.’

RS: ‘We bodder?’

G: ‘No…just put the bodder on the side.’

RS: ‘Wad?’

G: ‘I mean butter…just put it on the side.’

RS: ‘Copy?’

G: ‘Excuse me?’

RS: ‘Copy…tea…meel?’

G: ‘Yes. Coffee, please, and that’s all.’

RS: ‘One Minnie. Scramah egg, crease baykem, Anglish moppin
we bodder on sigh and copy….rye??’

G: ‘Whatever you say.’

RS: ‘Tenjewberrymuds.’

G: ‘You’re very welcome.’
-Dennis Clifford

Thanks to Tom for sending me this.

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